Mount Burgess – Canadian Rockies
Saturday July 24th 2004
This was my only new scramble for 2004. My friend Monica Droppo (nee Matt) came with me.
I wish she could come along again but she passed away about 20 months after our scramble. It’s seems very bizarre that someone that is so healthy can just die!
And trust me, she was healthy!
Thus is the nature of death! It can sneak up on you like a brutal thief in the night and steal your life away from you.
I wish you all, like I wish Monica, the best and hope you find (including Dan) and have a happy life.
Don’t forget to get out and grab some fun and live it up a bit, life is short and time is wasting!
July 24th was a warm day and the first part of the trail is from the Sherbrooke Lake parking area and goes through trees for some time. It was hot.
Once out on the open slopes the final part of the route is visible. From here Monica and I left the trail and could see the slopes but there is about 10 minutes of bush to whack.
The upper part of the route is a narrow gully. Along the either side of the gully rock walls provide hand holds to make the way easier. There is less ruble along the sides also.
Once you top the gully you stand on a ridge. The views start to improve but you still won’t see Emerald Lake until you look over the vertical north face from the summit.
From here you cross the ridge and scramble up the middle of a rocky face to the final slopes.
Once on top you can relax and enjoy the views. Peaks and ice fields are numerous and Mount Stephen dominates the south.
Once you have relaxed and prepared for the return you go back the way you came.
How rare and wonderful is that flash of a moment when we realize we have discovered a friend.
William E. Rothschild
I can’t forgive my friends for dying; I don’t find these vanishing acts of theirs at all amusing.
Logan Pearsall Smith
1865-1946, Anglo-American Essayist, Aphorist
Mount Burgess Gallery (please hit F11; function key 11)